EyeCheck Solutions began in 2013 when Ashu and Daxal became aware that a billion people globally lack access to vision care. The idea to solve this problem with technology started as a capstone undergraduate design project and we have since decided to pursue it as a venture. Ashu and Daxal met me (Rachel) at a business case competition last year. I brought a new perspective to the team and eventually joined as the third co-founder.
Our team is made up of engineers, international development, business, and optometry students. We have partnered with the University of Waterloo School of Optometry for the vision science element of our technology.
The management team consists of the three co-founders Ashu Syal, Daxal Desai and Rachel Friesen. Ashu and Daxal are Systems Design Engineering ’14 grads while Rachel is a current International Development and Business student. Ashu has taken on the CEO role within the team and his vast leadership and management make him more than equipped for this role. In addition, he has experience in software development and has been supporting the team’s research with key insights on hardware development. Ashu brings strong strategic & development insights to the team. Today, Ashu is working on building solid governance and financial support for the
company, so that it can move closer to sustainability. Prior to building early prototypes, Daxal built a monitoring tool that saved thousands of work hours for risk managers of Royal Bank of Canada. He has also led a 20 member FIRST Robotics team, earning recognition from Peel District School Board for leadership. His ability to solve complex business problems with creative technical solutions is pivotal for EyeCheck to remain a competitor in vision screening. His ability to lead a diverse group allows him to build and manage a truly diverse technology team. Rachel is instrumental with her background in navigating global partnerships & business logistics. She brings team leadership experiences in Asia, Australia and The Middle East. She is vital in strengthening EyeCheck's global sales cycle. In addition, she helps round out the team with her background in business strategy, marketing, public relations and communications. Today, Rachel is also beginning to oversee the development of the team’s user interfaces and experience to ensure easy adoption.
Aldrin is our full-time engineer who graduated from the University of Mumbai with a Bachelors in Electronics and Telecommunications. He is also currently pursuing a postgraduate diploma in Embedded Systems Development at Conestoga College. We also have three part-time engineers. Krishna is a Masters of Engineering student at the University of Waterloo, and Joyce and Archana are Biomedical Engineering students also at the University of Waterloo. In addition, Vivek is a University of Waterloo School of Optometry PhD candidate who helps our engineers with his scientific background.
Tina, Pui Yi, and Rumina are EyeCheck's business developers. Tina studies Speech Communication and Business at the University of Waterloo, Pui Yi studies Environment and Business at the University of Waterloo, and Rumina studies Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies at Cardiff University in Wales. Their focus is on social media, content creation, grants and funding, presentations, and market research. Also, Panashe is our web designer. He studies Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.
Our team has gained five employees in two months. Each member is extremely diverse with skills in all areas. We are all extremely passionate about EyeCheck's mission and put our 100% into everything we do.